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Crickley Hill

Crickley Hill is one of the finest examples of unimproved limestone grassland in the county and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its rich diversity of wildflowers such as yellow wort, carline thistle, autumn gentian and clustered bellflower. It also supports good populations of butterflies such as Chalkhill Blue.

It is also important for adders and slow worms. From these limestone grasslands the reserve affords fantastic views over the Severn Vale. In addition to its rich wildlife the site is also important archaeologically, and has a rich documented history extending back over 5000 years. As such the site is also a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM).


Parking permits can also be purchased (Monthly £15, Quarterly £45 and Annually £150). 


Crickley Hill welcomes large groups, but please let us know you are coming so we can help facilitate an enjoyable visit for your group.

Coach groups: You must book in advance by calling the Crickley Hill office on 01452 863170. Unfortunately we cannot provide the neccessary turning or parking requirements if we are not given advance notice of your arrival.

Large groups: If you are a large group and would like to enjoy our cafe facilities, please let us know in advance. Unfortunately we may not be able to accomodate large groups unannounced if the cafe is busy, particuarly at weekends.


Have your say - In April 2016 Gloucestershire County Council transferred its ownership of Crickley Hill Country Park to Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Working in partnership with the National Trust, we want to improve Crickley Hill for wildlife and people, but need more information about current and potential visitors, what they enjoy and what needs improving. We would greatly appreciate 5 minutes of your time to help us with this.


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Species and habitats

Carline Thistle, Autumn Gentian, Chalkhill blue, Adder, Slow-worm

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The Park Campus, University of Gloucestershire
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Reserve information

Crickley Hill
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Great for...
a family day out
ancient trees
geological interest
getting away from it all
historical interest
spring flowers
stunning views
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Opening Times
Park open every day from 6.00am [locked 6.00pm January, February, November and December; 7.00pm March and October; 9.30pm April, May, June, July, August and September]. Visitor centre is open during afternoons from 1st April until 30th September
Visitor centre
Picnic facilities
Disabled toilet
Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB)
Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI)

Car parking charges: £1.00 for up to 1 hour £2.00 for 1 to 3 hours £3.00 all day Alternatively, you can purchase a parking permit (£15 per month, £45 per quarter, £150 per year) Parking charges apply 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Cattle, horses
Reserve manager
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333